A summary of the special edition that celebrates two years of publication of the magazine.
By Bengaluru Review
14 Aug 2020
For almost a year now, I have been a reluctant participant in Bengaluru Review’s activities. So, when Sourav asked me to guest edit a special edition focused on Bengaluru (an idea mooted months ago in one of our online meetings), it came as the much-needed push to contribute significantly. As a writer, I have fantasized about the power – over the writers - that an editor wields; here was a chance to experience it. Choosing the city as the theme was the easy part, but, what new we can say and most importantly, which writers can we reach out to, became the harder questions. This was also the first time we were reaching out to writers and commissioning them to write for us. Being a fledgling outfit, we do not pay our writers and hence, the task of commissioning pieces was daunting. While deciding on the topics, it was also important to address the pandemic situation amidst us.
Now, after we have put the issue together, I can happily confess that seeking out writers and suggesting topics for them to write on was the most rewarding experience during the making of this issue. Most importantly, it was a great realization as to how generous artists are even in these difficult times. We are very proud to have put together an issue comprising of such illustrious names. Our sincere thanks to Zac O Yeah, Ramchandra P N, Kirtana Kumar, Mamta Sagar and Kaavya Sanje, Arundhati Ghosh, Archana Pidathala, Nimi Ravindran and Sandbox Collective, Abhishek Majumdar, Maithreyi Karnoor, Guruprasad D N, Vasudhendra, Sonali Dhanpal, PeeVee, and everyone else for their generous contributions and immense patience in dealing with our requests.
Shared below is the list of content included in the special issue.